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Remember that we all have limits to the amount of stress we can carry. If you have many duties related to caring for the patient, try to pay attention to signs that you may be getting exhausted or reaching “burnout.” These signs include:
→ Being tired all the time and unable to get enough rest.
→ Being prone to illness or accidents.
→ Impatience, irritability, or anger.
→ Foggy thinking and loss of enjoyment in other activities or hobbies.
→ Loss of contact with friends and usual social activities.
Talk with your Hospice Social Worker if you find that this description fits your situation. They will be able to provide supportive suggestions.
There also may come a time to accept limits in your relationship with the person you are caring for. If the relationship has been difficult in the past, it is natural to hope that things can now be repaired. However, people generally do not change their basic personalities just because they are ill. We must accept that there are some things
that we may not be able to fix or change. By changing our response to the person, it sometimes changes the way they react to us.
Talking with your Spiritual Care Provider about this may bring support and comfort.
For 13 months following the death of a patient, grief support is available for those close to the patient. Grief is a very individual matter. Some may pass through it quickly, and others can find it painful and overwhelming. Guardian Hospice offers supportive phone calls, grief support letters, individual counseling, support groups, and remembrance celebrations, as well as books and other materials for adults, children, and teens. Talk with your Hospice Social Worker or Spiritual Care Provider if you would like to learn more about this source of support.

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